Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship Begins Wednesday
Feb. 23, 2010
PAC-10 SWIMMERS TO WATCH
ARIZONA senior Ana Agy leads the Wildcats in the butterfly and backstroke events. She won 12 individual events in the month of January alone. She currently holds the fastest times swam by a Wildcat in the 2009-10 season in the 100-yard butterfly (52.51. NCAA `B' cute), the 200-yard backstroke (1:54.43, NCAA `B' cut) and the 100-yard backstroke (52.64, NCAA `A' cut). Agy's times in the 100 and 200 backstroke are both Arizona all-time fastest times.
CALIFORNIA's Sara Isakovic, the 2008 Slovanian Olympic silver medalist in the 200-meter free, ranks second nationally in the 200-yard free (1:44.95, NCAA `B' cut) and sixth nationally in the 200-yard butterfly (1:55.66, NCAA B). Junior Amanda Sims is the defending NCAA champion in the 100-yard fly and currently ranks seventh in the 100-yard fly with an NCAA B time of 52.96. Freshman Caitlin Leverenz is Cal's record-holder in the 400-individual medley and currently ranks sixth nationally in the 400-yard IM in an automatic qualifying time of 4:06.69 and ranks in the top-20 nationally in the 200-yard IM (1:57.97, NCAA `B' cut).
STANFORD's Elaine Breeden and Julia Smit continue to dominate for the Cardinal in the pool. Breeden is the three-time defending Pac-10 champion in the 200-yard butterfly. Smit was the Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month for the months of November, December and January. The Mt. Sinai, N.Y. native, is a 19-time All-American, set two short course world records in the 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM in December at the Dual in the Pool in Manchester, England. At last year's NCAA Championship meet Smit set an American, NCAA and school record in both the 200 IM and the 400 IM. She currently has the fastest time in both those races in the country this season. She also currently holds the school record in five different races (200 IM, 400 IM, 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back). Breeden, also a 19-time All-American, is the three-time defending Pac-10 Champion in the 200-yard fly and the reigning Conference champion in the 100-yard fly. The senior holds the Cardinal record in the 200 fly and the 100 fly. Both Breeden and Smit continued Stanford's tradition of Olympic excellence when they each medaled for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Games. Smit helped the U.S. team to the podium with her preliminary efforts in two freestyle relay events - the 400-meter (silver) and the 800-meter (bronze). Breeden earned a silver medal for her heat-winning time in the 400 medley relay preliminaries. She was the top U.S. finisher in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.57.
USC sophomore Katinka Hosszu, a 2009 World Championship gold and silver medalist as well as a three-time finalist at the 2009 NCAA Championships, was named the 2009 Hungarian Female Athlete of the Year in December. At the 2009 U.S. Short Course Nationals in December, she posted four top-3 times, including a title in the 200-yard fly. She has three NCAA automatic qualifying times this season in the 200 IM (1:5.11, a USC record and the second fastest time in the nation), the 400-yard IM (4:04.17, second-fastest time in the nation) and the 200-yard fly (1:53.37, the fastest time in the nation).
ARIZONA finished the regular season at 8-2 overall, 3-2 in the Pac-10 and is ranked fourth in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Wildcats have considerable depth throughout their backstroke, butterfly and individual medley events. Senior Ana Agy won 12 individual events over the month of January. Senior Anna Chandler has been dominant in the 100-yard breast with a top time of 2:12.70. Sophomore Alyssa Anderson owns top performance times on the season in the 500-yard free, 200-yard fly and 400-yard IM for the Wildcats.
ARIZONA STATE finished the season 6-6, 2-5 in the Pac-10), is led by sophomre Rebecca Ejdervik, who has an NCAA `B' consideration in the 100-yard breast (1:02.03). Freshman Jordyn Green holds NCAA `B' cut times in the 100-yard breast and the 200-yard breast. Senior Ashley Evans ranks third on ASU's all-time list in the 200-yard IM and has earned NCAA `B' consideration in that event. Senior Jamie Martinez is the school record-holder in the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.78).
CALIFORNIA, ranked No. 5 in the nation, finished the season 5-3, 3-2 in the Pac-10. Freshman Samantha Pearson recorded Cal's fastest time of the year in the 200 yard backstroke (2:00.10). The Bears have looked strong in the relays this season, ranking in the top 10 nationally in the 200 yard freestyle relay (1:31.13, NCAA `B' time), 400-free relay (3:37.09, NCAA `B' time), 800-yard free relay (7:07.11, NCAA `B' cut) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:40.05). Freshmen Caitlin Leverenz, sophomore Sara Isakovic and junior Amanda Sims hold top times for the Bears this season in various events. Isakovic, a Slovenian Olympic silver medalist in the 200-meter free, ranks second nationally in the 200-yard free (1:44.95, NCAA `B' consideration).
OREGON STATE finished the regular season at 7-6, 0-4 in Pac-10 dual meet competition. The Beavers come into the Pac-10 Championships on a streak of four-straight dual meet wins, the longest winning streak since the 2003-04 season. Senior Brittney Iverson leads the Beavers with seven individual wins in dual meets this year. Senior Anna Crandall owns three individual records at Oregon State (50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle). Senior Signe Larsen, team co-captain, ranks third all-time in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.79, set at last year's Pac-10 Championships.
STANFORD is currently ranked first in the nation by the College Swim Coaches Association of America. With its win over rival California, Stanford finished the dual meet season undefeated record for the third time in the last four years and the 16th time in program history. Stanford's sprinters are exceptionally strong, with four 50-yard freestylers, five 100-yard freestylers and two in the 200-yard free are ranked in the top-20 nationally. The Cardinal are an experienced squad and have a number of returning Conference champions, including senior Elaine Breeden (200-yard butterfly, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard medley relay), junior Kate Dwelley (200-yard free, 2008) and senior Julia Smit (200-yard IM and 400-yard IM). The Cardinal 200-yard freestyle relay team holds the nation's fastest time. The quartet of Smit, sophomore Betsy Webb, Dwelley and sophomore Sam Woodward also hold four of the top 10 times in Stanford's history.
UCLA is 5-4 overall, and 2-4 in the Pac-10. Junior Brittany Beauchan was a double winner in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.12) and the 200-yard breastsroke (2:11.81) to set new Spieker Aquatics Center facility records against crosstown rival USC on Feb. 13. Junior Lauren Hall turned in a career-best and NCAA `B' qualifying time of 1:49.22 in the 200-yard free against USC. Despite losing to USC, UCLA had an outstanding meet against the Trojans, tallying 14 NCAA qualifying times, 20 lifetime-bests and 37 season-bests.
USC's squad is ranked No. 9 by the College Swim Coaches Association of America. The Trojans finished the regular season with a win over crosstown rival UCLA, marking the Trojans' third-straight win over the Bruins. Their overall mark is 11-2, 4-2 in the Pac-10. The squad's 200 medley relay team of senior Presley Bard, sophomore Ania Kowalczyk, senior Lyndsey DePaul and freshman Christel Simms improved their NCAA `B' cut time to 1:40.08. Bard, a transfer from Indiana and USC's top sprinter in 2009, has already set USC's fastest times in the 50 yard free (23.35), the 100 yard free (49.44, NCAA `B' cut), the 100 yard back (53.71, NCAA'B' cut) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:56.75, NCAA `B' cut). DePaul was a four-time finalist at the U.S. Short Course National Championships and set USC pool records in the 100-yard fly (52.72). Sophomore Katinka Hosszu, a 2009 World Championship gold and silver medalist as well as a three-time finalist at last year's NCAA Championships, posted top marks at the 2009 U.S. Short Course National Championships, including a title in the 200 yard fly.
WASHINGTON STATE is currently receiving votes in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. The Cougars join six other Pac-10 squads in the poll which are either ranked or receiving votes. WSU holds an overall record of 2-4 in dual meets, and an 0-2 record in Pac-10 dual competition. The Cougars have been led by senior Michaela Ahlin, who met the NCAA `B' cut in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard IM. Junior Ruglie Mileisyte has made the `B' cut in the 100-yard backstroke. Junior Taylor Whitaker met the `B' standard in the 200-yard IM with a school record of 2:00.89.